Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Liv Frozen Halloween

Hello lovely folks out there who are kind and sweet enough to check out the blog today :)  
This post was originally going to be a review of my two Liv dolls that I've had in my collection for a little while, but I decided to spice things up and do a little photo story.  I've seen these little photo stories everywhere and really enjoyed them so I wanted to give it a go.  I adore Liv dolls, they are really fun to photograph and dress up.  And OF COURSE, I love my Frozen gals (espcially Anna-she's charmingly awkward and clutsy, just like me!) 
I hope you enjoy ;} 

Liv Doll "It's My Nature"  Hayden

Liv Doll "It's My Nature" Katie

Hi, guys!  Welcome to the blog:)  We decided to step in today because Farrah has been a little slack with the doll posts lately.  Here's a little story about how we like to get down with Halloween. 

We're big on wigs, Hayden and me.  Off they go!

This picture is scoring pretty high on the creep-o-meter...nothing like random hair sitting on a table. No head, no reason, no worries.

After we're done petting these random bunnies we found, I guess we could try on each other's hair because that would be really, really fun.  So much fun!

Oh wow, Hayden..I LOVE being a blonde..why didn't I do this sooner? Let's go see if blondes really do have more fun....

Get a grip, Katie.  Hmmm, it just doesn't seem like ENOUGH for Halloween...what else could we do to spice things up? 

(.....crickets, crickets....)

I've got it, Hayden!  Let's stop being lame and get real costumes!  Let me make a phone call to see if the other girls can come over...

 Do you guys know what we're going to do? 

Yeah, we switched our hair back, but that's not it....

All the sudden there were clothes everywhere.

Uh, hey guys...I hope you don't mind, I helped myself!  I want to dress up like a normal non-princess, outdoorsy girl for Halloween. :) 

Yeah, me too, Anna!  Wow, these clothes are so comfortable!  It's so nice to get out of that blue dress!

I totally get to be Elsa...sorry, Katie!  (snicker, snicker)

Surprise!  You didn't see that coming, did you....;)

Over here at Cozy Comforts and Dolls, we hope you have a great Halloween!  

I actually wanted to be you, really are the cooler princess :)

Save me some candy :) xoxo

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pumpkins and Jack-o-lanterns

The person that came up with carving faces out of a big orange squash was brillant. 
It's such a funny thing we do when you think about it...
Here's a fun little link that talks a bit more about the history of Halloween and pumpkin carving :) 

The girls were very much into pumpkin carving this Halloween.  Pumpkin Pie had her pumpkin face all planned out.  She had it carefully considered and sketched out on her paper before she got to work transcribing it to her pumpkin.  This was a big deal this year. ;}


Little Button could've cared less about her pumpkin, but she did enjoy playing with the seeds, stirring them up and squishing them around in her hands...messy, slimy and fun.

Do you have any Halloween traditions that you celebrate in your home?  

Happy Pumpkins warding off naughty spirits :)

Happy Halloween :)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Grayscale Flapper and a Halloween party

I'm going to skip around a little bit and do a Halloween post!  This weekend we had our first ever Halloween party.  It was pretty small and mostly just family, but we had a blast decorating, making food and dressing up.  I haven't properly dressed up for Halloween in years!


I have gone back and forth as to whether I wanted to "show my face" on this blog, but I guess it's time I should.  (Even though I don't really look like my real self here, lol...)  I'm a bit shy, so I hadn't really planned on revealing my identity, but I really liked how my costume turned out so here I am!

This is me!  Hello and nice to meet you! 
Yes, I am a real person and not really a 1980's Hawaiian Barbie ;) 

This year I decided to dress up as a 1920's silent movie star/flapper.
I had seen a post recently of this couple that dressed up as silent movie stars and it just looked so amazing in the photos that I knew I had to try it!

Here's J dressed as the "Headless Horseman" ...I could not stop laughing every time he walked into the room :}  Amazing...

Black and white silent movie star or ghost flapper?  Both are cool :)

We had a great time transforming the house into a spooky treat to walk through.  In this particular room we  had black lights and REALLY creepy music playing...the girls were pretty freaked out and wouldn't go in here at first, but by the end of the night, they loved it.  (Delusion from all the sugar and dancing!)

 Waiting for the guests to arrive!  Little Button is ready to party! 

He did the mash...he did the MONSTER mash...

My sister and me...she dressed up like Arwen from The Lord of the Rings...she looked so good!

I'm exhausted, Grammy, put me to bed!  Mommy is too busy having fun! 

My mother was Glinda the Good Witch of the North.  Little Button was in awe....

I'm up way past my bedtime!

Pumpkin Pie just eating it up...

We had such a great time!   My grandparents used to throw the BEST Halloween parties back in the day and everyone in our family was just so happy to be back in this space again, dressing up and eating tons of food and dancing to "Thriller."  
It was nice to bring the Farm back to life. 
Next year, you're all invited! ;)

Halloween is one of those perfect nostalgic holidays for me that really transforms me back into my childhood.  It was so great to celebrate!  

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog and I hope you all have a nice week and a fantastic Halloween!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Karito Kids-Pita and My Life dolls

Today's post is more of a photo shoot than an actual review, but I wanted to share two new dolls that made their way into our collection this summer:
Karito Kids Pita and My Life "As a Party Planner".

I took these photos back in August, shortly after we moved to "the farm" and wanted to share them with you all.

Please pardon the lag time.  I'll probably have my Autumn photos ready to go in the dead of winter, lol.

I love the Karito Kids dolls.  I just love them!  I was late to the game with this toy line (as usual) so I am sure this is old news and should be on my Throwback Thursday posts, but oh well..I guess we can make it a Throwback Wednesday. :}

Here is the lovely Araceli (original name is Pita), my other Karito Kid doll.  Zoey (or Ingrid, as I call her) was my first KK doll and a few weeks after I found Ingrid, I found Pita on Ebay for a great price.  I have really grown to love this doll.

A little bit more about Araceli in a few....

Karito Kid Pita, 21 inches tall.  

My Life as a Party Planner 18 inches tall.

Here is "Jessie" our My Life 18 inch doll.  This was a birthday present for Pumpkin Pie.  She picked her out herself and was absolutely thrilled to have her first big doll.  These dolls can be found at Walmart stores in the US and they are a nice, less expensive alternative to an American Girl Doll.    Here's a link to the other ones in the line.  I think they are really nice for the price of $27.97

These dolls have a new face mold this year and I especially love the African American doll in this line as seen above.

Elsa decided to go for a walk with us as well.  She loves summer.  She loves the wind in her hair. 

Taking a quick rest on the rocks before we head down the trail.  

Here is a portion of Araceli's dress that came with her.  This is not her full outfit as she comes with a yellow shirt and red jacket, but it was hot out so Pumpkin Pie was very concerned about her not getting too overheated. :}

Jessie is dressed in an extra outfit we purchased, which includes a cute tank top, purple ruffle skirt and everyone's fav-a fringy jean jacket.  She normally comes in a purple satin dress (for her party planning, of course.)

Jessie has a very pretty face.  She has amber eyes with applied lashes over painted lashes.  She has a very dainty nose and a lovely flush to her checks.  Her hair is especially beautiful.  I was really pleased with how good the hair ended up being on this doll.  It was really nice to brush out and was soft and very shiny.  I think an older girl would really enjoy braiding or trying out other styles on her. (I know I did.) :)

If you would like an actual, detailed review of this doll, check out this great one at the Toy Box Philospher.  :)

As cute as Jessie is, Araceli's amber eyes really steal the show for me.  Her face is very pleasing to me, although I have to admit, it wasn't love at first site.  When I first saw her online, I didn't think I would ever seek her out, but in person she is stunning.  

Her hair is amazing.  Best doll hair I've ever seen (not that I have too much to compare her to, but really, this line has great hair!)

Araceli (or Pita for that matter) is meant to be from Mexico.  I think she would look really nice in some of American Girl-Josefina's outfits and I look forward to building up a nice collection of outfits for her, especially Latin and South American style clothing.
I am still in a "let's just buy dolls" phase, and haven't been investing too much in clothing, accessories or furniture for any of my dolls.  This is a new hobby for me and I am just loving it. :)

The girls found themselves amused with this gravel pile while I was taking photos.  They loved letting the stones sift through their fingers and pretending they were queens of the mountain.  Imaginations are the best.

Another side-by-side look to compare their faces.  Interesting to note that Jessie's head is a little larger despite the rest of her body being smaller than Araceli's.
Jessie's face really doesn't do much for me.  She's sweet, but a bit vacant.  Araceli on the other hand, is clearly a higher quality doll and I "connect" a bit more with her (if that makes sense.)

Finally we made it to the creek.  Throwing rocks was definitely in order.  These kids could throw rocks for an hour.  Such a simple thing, but they love it!

Another look at Jessie with her hair down.
I have to say...this was a really good "trial run" for me to see if Pumpkin Pie was old enough, or interested enough in this doll to warrant a larger/better quality 18 in doll.  She had been showing a lot of interest in the American Girl doll line and I think it is suffice to say that she is no where near interested enough in a doll for that price.

Plus, I would rather get one for myself first, lol. ;) 

She really did love this doll when we first got her. Loved her...for about 2 days.
At this point, 2 months later, she has absolutely no interest in her, which is fine.  She even told me "you can have her, Mom"  (!!)  She's much more content to carry around a notebook and a pencil and just draw or tote around her little stuffed animals, pretending to be a pet-sitter.

Little Button likes her, but if I left her alone to the devices of a 2 year old, her hair would be a mess, she'd have limbs pulled off and pen marks (this kid has some sort of pen-radar) all over her body.

Jessie now sits on my doll shelf and when Pumpkin Pie wants to play "school" with the rest of dolls, then she is excited again to play with her.  Maybe for Christmas, I will get a few more outfits to dress her up in/accessories and that might relight the spark ;).

"I don't really care about dolls yet, Mom!"

"I love dolls, I especially love dragging Elsa around by her hair and putting her down in the mud!" 

Sweet Araceli enjoying the creek from her patch of minty herbs. 

We passed some gorgeous cows on our walk back to the house.  They seem so peaceful here...happy to be munching away on patches of grass and clover.

It's interesting to note that cows are not afraid of anything remotely smaller than them.  They all love Little Button.  Usually a part of the herd will come over and just stare at her.  LB stares back.

This child is absolutely smitten with cows.  

Our photo shoot was complete so off we skipped back to the house for a snack.

I almost slipped on mud trying to get this cute shot!
It's moments like this that melt my heart.  :)  Such good sweet little girls I have.  Little gems. It's ok if they aren't quite into dolls yet.  They might not ever be, but for now, we have lots of fun taking them out for walks and I am always happy to share my photos with all of you.  Hope you all have a good night! xo